Ian Patrick, FISM News
More symptoms of the mysterious Havana Syndrome have surfaced recently among U.S. officials worldwide, even potentially affecting the ability of Vice President Kamala Harris on her tour of Southeast Asia.
Havana Syndrome is a relatively new phenomenon discovered in 2016 in Havana, Cuba. According to a press release from multiple U.S. senators backing a bill to support victims of the disease, Havana Syndrome involves “dizziness, tinnitus, visual problems, vertigo, and cognitive difficulties.” The symptoms are believed to derive from direct and focused energy attacks according to a U.S. National Academy of Sciences panel, though this is only a speculation and has not been confirmed.
This year, many U.S. officials worldwide have complained of symptoms that line up with Havana Syndrome. In mid-August two U.S. officials stationed in Germany sought treatment for “nausea, severe headaches, ear pain, fatigue, insomnia and sluggishness,” as reported by The Wall Street Journal. An investigation is reportedly underway.
On August 24, the U.S. Embassy in Hanoi reported “possible anomalous health incident” which delayed Vice President Harris’s trip from Singapore to Vietnam for three hours. This “health incident” as worded by the Embassy is a probable case of Havana Syndrome, although the situation is still unfolding and Havana Syndrome has not been confirmed.
New: @VP Kamala Harris was delayed in leaving Singapore for Hanoi today because of "recent possible anomalous health incident in Hanoi," which is an apparent reference to the so-called Havana syndrome, per a statement from the U.S. embassy in Hanoi.
Harris's trip is proceeding. pic.twitter.com/CgYqel0Bi0
— Josh Wingrove (@josh_wingrove) August 24, 2021
There have been over 200 cases among American personnel at home and abroad. FISM News has reported on previous instances of Havana Syndrome, such as the roughly two dozen U.S. officials in Vienna, Austria and two U.S. diplomats in China who experienced such attacks.
American lawmakers have recently introduced legislation to discover what entity is behind these attacks. At the moment, Russia is the most suspected nation as many affected officials “were intelligence officers or emissaries working on Russian-related issues,” according to the New York Post. However, there is no hard evidence to formally accuse Russia and the nation has denied involvement in the attacks.